Fact: Learning how to create a stunning Instagram Story collage can take your Instagram marketing campaign to the next level.
With a Story collage, you can squeeze more information into a single, 15-second slide. This is perfect for engaging followers who habitually scan Instagram Stories every single day.
In this post, you’ll find 11 proven Instagram Story collage ideas your agency can use to promote client accounts.
You’ll also learn three ways to create Instagram Story collages and tips to make the most of them.
Let’s get started.
An Instagram Story photo collage is a single Story page with multiple pictures.
Rather than uploading multiple photos as individual slides, creating a Story collage lets you share more information in one interaction.
Both Reels and Stories can be used for publishing an Instagram collage. But there are a few differences between Instagram Reels vs Story, like:
A photo collage can also be uploaded as a regular Instagram post. However, you’ll miss out on the flexibility and features that Instagram Stories (or Reels) offer.
Below are 11 ideas for Instagram Story collages to help your audience grow their Instagram presence:
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Here are the three ways to create a Story collage on Instagram:
On the Instagram mobile app, click the ‘Create’ button (“plus” symbol) in the upper-right corner.
Tap ‘Story’ in the tab below to switch to the Instagram Story editor.
On the left menu, tap ‘Layout’ (grid layout icon) to activate the layout mode.
Once in layout mode, start taking photos or tap the gallery icon (bottom-left corner) to upload content from your camera roll. Instagram will fill the grid spaces one by one, depending on the layout you choose.
To pick a different layout, tap the grid icon in the left menu.
Apart from the standard 2×2 grid layout, your other options are:
For a more flexible layout, create a Story using the Instagram mobile app and use the image sticker.
Pick or take a photo or tap ‘Create’ to set your background. When done, tap the sticker icon at the top of the screen.
Look for the gallery icon in the sticker menu. From there, select an image from your device. This will insert your image as an overlay to your Instagram Story.
Repeat these steps to add more photos to your Story. Use the Instagram Story editor to resize and rearrange the photos in your collage.
If needed, tap an image in the Story editor to use a different shape (star, circle, square, heart, etc.).
Use the Canva integration on Vista Social and choose from a library of professionally-designed collage templates for your Instagram Story.
From the Vista Social dashboard, click ‘Publish’ and select ‘Publish a single post.’
Click the camera icon and select ‘Add image.’ Under the sub-menu, click ‘Design with Canva.’
Select ‘Instagram Story’ as your Canva design category and click ‘Design with Canva.’ This will launch the drag-and-drop graphic design tool right on top of Vista Social.
Canva features a handful of customizable Instagram Story templates that will speed up the design process. You can also insert icons, shapes, stylized text, and attachments to your design.
Create your collage by clicking ‘Uploads’ in the left panel and selecting ‘Upload an image.’ Select the images from your device and drag them into your Story.
Feel free to use Canva’s plethora of graphic design tools to customize your Story. Use filters and AI-powered effects to enhance images—or add text, shapes, charts, and other graphics to your design.
Yes, anyone can make a collage on Instagram using layouts or the image sticker. Third-party design tools like Canva also let you create Instagram Story collages with ease.
Use layouts, carousel posts, image stickers, or third-party design apps to create a single post with multiple pictures. You can also use a video editing app to stitch together multiple photos into a single Instagram Reel.
An Instagram Story can be up to 15 seconds in length. If you try to upload a single video that’s longer than 15 seconds, Instagram will automatically slice the video up into shorter, 15-second segments.
Use Vista Social to create, schedule, and optimize your Instagram Story collages.
In addition to the Canva integration, our platform comes with powerful publishing, analytics, and audience engagement features that can improve the performance of your Instagram marketing campaigns.
With Vista Social, you can identify the best posting times, track user engagement, automate content curation, and manage your visual content library—all in one platform.
Schedule your first Story today with a free Vista Social account here.
About the Author
Jimmy Rodela is a social media and content marketing consultant with over 9 years of experience, with work appearing on sites such as Business.com, Yahoo, SEMRush, and SearchEnginePeople. He specializes in social media, content marketing, SaaS, small business strategy, marketing automation, and content development.
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